SUPER DTP students are encouraged to undertake an internship during the course of their studies to support their personal and career development.

Internships undertaken as part of the SUPER DTP are intended to generate mutual benefit between students and host organisations and to enhance the quality or impact of research.

The SUPER DTP internships guidance document outlines more information for students and host organisations about internship benefits, suggested timings, funding/suspension of studies, and how to find or set up internships.


Internship experiences

SUPER DTP students share their experiences of undertaking internships as part of their doctoral training:

Jack Sheehy: 3-month internship with the JNCC, 2021

Lydia McGill: 3-month internship with NatureScot, 2020


Internship opportunities

UKRI Policy Internships Scheme

The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme provides an opportunity for SUPER DTP students, as doctoral students funded by a Research Council of UKRI, to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. There are 22 organisations offering placements for 2022.
Applications for the 2022 placement programme have now closed.


PhD placements in HM Government’s Open Innovation Team

HM Government’s Open Innovation Team works with academics and other experts to help generate analysis and ideas for policy. PhD students are invited to join the team for three months in 2022 to help deliver projects on a wide range of policy areas. Some office-based working is likely, but not a requirement, of the placement. See the placement flyer for further information.
Applications for the 2022 placement programme have now closed.


FFI Scotland Marine Restoration internship

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) are offering a new opportunity for a Scotland Marine Restoration intern- a paid internship for up to three months between October and December 2021. The position will be split between Edinburgh and home-working, with some flexibility. The role provides the chance to work on a research project and produce a report on marine restoration in Scotland, with opportunities for building knowledge of the conservation sector in Scotland and networking. See the FFI application pack and FFI website for further information.
Applications for the 2021 placement opportunity have now closed.